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Exosomes and the RNA-mediated future of medicine (3)

September 11, 2015 Case Western Reserve scientists discover long-sought genetic mechanism for cancer progression Excerpt: Action of a key lncRNA different in colon cancer versus normal colon tissue My comment: In yet another ridiculous misrepresentation of all that is currently known about how the epigenetic landscape is linked to the physical landscape of DNA in all cell types of all individuals of all living genera, these researchers are reporting epigenetic links between metabolic networks and genetic networks as if the…

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Rejecting pseudoscientific nonsense

Rejecting Evolutionary Psychology is Rejecting Evolution Discussion on the closed group Applied Evolutionary Psychology includes my comments on several other reports, beginning with: My comments on: Early Code New research points to key properties of transfer RNA molecules and amino acids that may have supported the origin of life on Earth. I wrote: Thanks for providing yet another reason to reject evolutionary psychology.  Acceptance of RNA-mediated links to cell type differentiation in all cells of all individuals of all genera…

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Epigenetics: microRNAs effect an integrative pathway

Global Developmental Gene Programing Involves a Nuclear Form of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor-1 (FGFR1) Excerpt 1) The accumulation of hypoglycosylated nuclear FGFR1 (nFGFR1) is stimulated by a variety of developmental signals, including various growth factors, hormones, and neurotransmitters as well as a reduction in cell contact. This is the reason that this pathway is referred to as integrative [1, 15]. Reported as: Master orchestrator of the genome is discovered, stem cell scientists report Summary: New research shows how a single…

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How fast can evolutionary theory be changed?

Boston, land of…creationists? Excerpt: “For example, right now a creationist with a Harvard science degree is lecturing in Boston on Evolution: Bankrupt Science; Creationism: Science You Can Bank On. Obviously, Dr Nathaniel Jeanson is one of the fruit loops who plodded through a graduate program.” My comment: Dr Nathaniel Jeanson continues to politely lead the way to understanding the science of creation. See: Purpose, Progress, and Promise, Part 5 Excerpt: “The intense focus the secular community has placed on human…

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Unconstrained evolutionary innovability

The Strange Inevitability of Evolution by Philip Ball Excerpt 1)  Natural selection supplies an incredibly powerful way of pruning variation into effective solutions to the challenges of the environment. But it can’t explain where all that variation came from. As the biologist Hugo de Vries wrote in 1905, “natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it cannot explain the arrival of the fittest.” Over the past several years, Wagner and a handful of others have been starting…

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RNA-mediated species specificity

Species-Specific Scientists uncover striking differences between mouse and human gene expression across a variety of tissues. By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 17, 2014 Excerpt: “…results published today (November 17) in PNAS reveal widespread differences between human and mouse gene expression, both in protein-coding and noncoding genes, suggesting that understanding these disparities could help explain fundamental differences in the two species’ physiology.” My comment:  See also: Physiology is rocking the foundations of evolutionary biology  Conclusion: “Perhaps the elegant mathematics and the…

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“Kardashians” in science

On “Kardashians” in science and the general relationship between achievement and fame Posted on September 19, 2014 by Lascap Excerpt Ultimately, it is all about the relevance of one’s contribution. But trying to discredit an increasingly important form of academic activity (outreach), by shaming those engaged in it, is probably uncalled for. My comment: The relevance of our 1996 Hormones and Behavior review was the details on RNA-mediated cell type differentiation.  From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior Although it was…

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Seeds of life: astrobiological theory and mutations theory

Researchers propose new theory to explain seeds of life in asteroids October 1st, 2013 in Space & Earth / Space Exploration Excerpted from above: Both of the established theories – one involving the same radioactive process that heats the interior of Earth, and the other involving the interaction of plasma (super-heated gases that behave somewhat like fluids) and a magnetic field – are still taught to students of astrobiology. My comment: In the context of astrobiological theory and “seeds of…

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Are pheromones responsible for human body odour assessment?

Can You Smell Yourself? by Sarah C. P. Williams on 22 January 2013, 5:10 PM Excerpt: “Other molecules the human body produces could also influence individual smells and scent preferences, Zufall says. The individuality of people’s microbiomes—the collection of microbes living in and on us—could also be linked to the body’s odor or preferences, Wedekind says. “We just don’t know the full physiology yet,” he said, “But this is a good start.” My comment: The full physiology has been detailed.…

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  • What Darwin proved: there’s no such thing as a species
    GENETICS As Animals Mingle, a Baffling Genetic Barrier A short stretch of DNA is challenging what it means to be a species. By: Emily Singer August 5, 2014 Excerpt: “Scientists have dubbed such regions of the genome “islands of speciation.” The persistence of such islands is a phenomenon that has been observed in a variety of […]
  • Randomness and Divine Providence
    A Q&A on randomness and God’s providence …the main goal is to really put together a collection of scholarly studies of these issues: physicists, biologists, […]